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horned whiff

noun
1.
See under whiff2 .

whiff2

[hwif, wif] /ʰwɪf, wɪf/
noun
1.
any of several flatfishes having both eyes on the left side of the head, of the genus Citharichthys, as C. cornutus (horned whiff) inhabiting Atlantic waters from New England to Brazil.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for horned whiff

whiff1

/wɪf/
noun
1.
a passing odour
2.
a brief gentle gust of air
3.
a single inhalation or exhalation from the mouth or nose
verb
4.
to come, convey, or go in whiffs; puff or waft
5.
to take in or breathe out (tobacco smoke, air, etc)
6.
(transitive) to sniff or smell
7.
(intransitive) (Brit, slang) to have an unpleasant smell; stink
Derived Forms
whiffer, noun
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin

whiff2

/wɪf/
noun
1.
(mainly Brit) a narrow clinker-built skiff having outriggers, for one oarsman
Word Origin
C19: special use of whiff1
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Word Origin and History for horned whiff

whiff

n.

13c., weffe "foul scent or odor," of imitative origin. Modern form became popular late 16c. with tobacco smoking, probably influenced by whiffle "blow in gusts or puffs" (1560s). The verb in the baseball slang sense "to swing at a ball and miss" first recorded 1913.

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Slang definitions & phrases for horned whiff

whew

interjection

An exclamation of astonishment, relief, incredulity, etc: It faces ABC's not-nearly-so-formidable Ellen. Whew/ ''Woooeee!'' says Dahl in mock terror

[1890+; probably echoic fr the whistling exhalation of a relieved person]


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